Student Led Research

The Democracy and Governance Program has established working projects around Washington, D.C. to offer students the opportunity to provide major institutions with valuable and timely research in the fields of democracy promotion and governance reform. Under the guidance of our world-class professional faculty, students collaborate to produce reports on topics of interest to stakeholders and deliver presentations on their findings to key staff at these institutions. Students who participate in these research groups receive invaluable experience in conducting original analysis for policy-oriented audiences, as well as three credits of coursework towards their degree. More information about these working projects, as well as the reports produced by prior research groups are available below.

Student Research Groups


The Democracy and Governance Program has established a program of study under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development. As part of this project, students have the ability to provide valuable and real-time research for USAID on various topics related to elections and election security. This study group is led by Jeff Fischer.

Electoral Violence Study Group

The Democracy and Governance Program expanded our research group offerings to allow students the opportunity to conduct research on electoral violence and present their findings to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. This study group is led by Dr. Patrick Quirk.

Student Reports